Romain Grosjean says that he is holding out hope for a bit more success at Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix after a so far miserable weekend. The Frenchman qualified nineteenth, as both Haas drivers were out-performed by Sauber.
Grosjean claims that there is simply no excuse for being out-qualified by the Hinwil-based squad, as the team runs with year-old Ferrari engines, compared to the up-to-date specs in the Haas'. Speaking after the session, Grosjean admitted that it has been a difficult weekend.
"We have had a tough weekend. We didn’t run anything yesterday, so of course there’s always performance there. I had a very poor out lap at the end with a lot of traffic, so there were a few tenths in hand, but nothing that would put us where we should be. There’s no excuse. We’ve got a 2017 Ferrari engine, which is more powerful than the Sauber one."
Grosjean currently sits thirteenth in the standings on 28 points, and has finished inside the top ten three times in the last six races. The Frenchman knows that the 71 lap race will be a struggle, but is holding onto the possibility of picking up more points in Mexico.
"We’ll need to work, and we’ll need to find a way to make the car faster at the circuits where we need extra downforce. It’s going to be 71 laps with a handful of a car to drive tomorrow. Anything is possible," he claimed.
"I don’t want to be super positive saying everything’s going to be great, but you never know in the race. It’s a tough circuit and cooling is a problem for everyone. Brakes are going to struggle. In Singapore, we were not supposed to score points and we did. There’s always hope, but definitely it’s going to be a tough one."
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